Rhode Island's state legislature could soon vote on a bill that would impose a $20 fee on residents accessing pornography online.
The legislation, which two Democratic state senators introduced in the General Assembly on Thursday, would require internet service providers to digitally block sexual content or “patently offensive material.”
Rhode Island residents who want to access the content would be able to unlock it for a $20 digital access fee.
The funds raised from the fees would be collected quarterly by the state and used to fund the state’s council on human trafficking.
The state attorney general would be able to file suit against providers that do not block sexual content or offensive material, and could seek damages up to $500.
The bill would also require providers to block child pornography, revenge pornography and websites that facilitate prostitution or human trafficking.